ToH Writers Best of 2K15: Randall Thor, Tyree, and Lacertilian

In this writer compilation of best albums, a dungeon master, a drummer, and a lizard share their thoughts on the crowning achievements of 2K15. You should definitely take note, because there’s some great stuff here!

Randall Thor

Forevers' Fallen Grace - Ascending the Monolith

10. Forevers’ Fallen GraceAscending the Monolith | Independent

Stoughton, Massachusetts’s Forevers’ Fallen Grace have done something quite unique with their 2015 release, Ascending the Monolith.  I haven’t heard a band that so seamlessly mixes progressive tendencies in song structure, as well as time signature and tempo changes since Fates Warning‘s Awaken the Guardian early era. Michael Ferro’s aggressive vocal style howls over brilliant musicianship. The rhythm is constantly churning out monster riff after monster riff while the lead weaves a spell against Michael’s howling vocals. Underneath all that we are treated to probably the best bass playing in power metal in 2015. What really sells the album for me is the incredible drumming of Jimmy Norris, who displays a fantastic array of talent with his absurd fills and constantly shifting drum patterns. I wish more progressive power metal bands would adopt this style.

Listen to – “Iron Will

Lord Fist - Green Eyleen

9. Lord FistGreen Eyleen | Ektro Records

Straight old school speed/power metal! This album is all riffs, soaring vocals, and guitar shredding, which is exactly what the style demands. The album cover perfectly encapsulates the sound. If you had to write a soundtrack to riding rocket powered motorcycles through the wasteland, you would end up with this.

Riffs riffs riffs riffs riffs riffs riffs riffs riffs riffs riffs riffs riffs riffs riffs.

Listen to – “Who Wants To Live Forever

Tanagra - None of This Is Real

8. TanagraNone of This Is Real | Independent

Tanagra is another band that masterfully achieves something relatively unique in power metal, combining European style synths with the more speed/thrash based guitarwork of US Power Metal. I’ll admit I almost passed over this album with my first listen, but after giving it a few more tries, I fell completely in love. Expect plenty of power surged riffs, double bass, and hooky choruses. “The Path To Talmor”, by far the standout track, is a practically perfectly paced epic. It travels from an anthemic battle cry, then to tragic betrayal and loss. The build up here is completely overwhelming, and the final transition back into the final chorus will set your heart aflame with a mighty vigor for battle like you’ve never known. We ride at dawn, warriors.

Listen to – “The Path To Talmor

Misþyrming - Söngvar elds og óreiðu

7. MisþyrmingSöngvar elds og óreiðu | Terratur Possessions

I know how much you all love your recorded in a giant cave wall of sound black metal, so if you follow this blog and don’t already know this album, I’m not really sure what you’re doing with your life. Vehement black metal that will rip your throat out and sacrifice it in an unspeakable ritual… in a giant cave. If all the awesome power and fury of a category 5 hurricane was translated into music, it would sound something like this. Expect cavernous tremolo riffs backed by blast beats and topped with despairing guitar leads.

Listen to – “Söngur Heiftar

Satan - Atom By Atom

6. SatanAtom by Atom | Listenable Records

This album proves that Life Sentence wasn’t a fluke, and they’re here to conquer the world of heavy metal. While the choruses are not as powerful as those on Life Sentence, the riffs are of the “how does anyone even come up with that” school. I imagine that if Satan decided to combine the two on the next album, the apocalypse will begin. Expect NWOBHM style riffs played with a tinge of speed metal. Also, get a bucket/mop to clean up your face after it’s melted off by this one.

Listen to – “My Own God

Mgła - Exercises in Futility

5. MgłaExercises in Futility | Northern Heritage Records

I’m pretty sure this is going to make the majority of Toilet writers’ lists. No one does straight forward black metal like Mgła does. Every track is diverse enough to stand on its own, yet every one unites the album in a commanding mix of passionate guitar leads. Melodic, but always just enough to pull out your heart. Heavy, but never enough to crush your dick.

Listen to – “Exercises in Futility I

Patrick Watson - Love Songs For Robots

4. Patrick WatsonLove Songs for RobotsSecret City Records & Domino Recording Co

What’s this? A non-metal album in my top ten? This has been my heartbeat for the last 2 months. While not outright depressing in its delivery, Patrick Watson gives us the perfect album for when you need to retreat to the hole deep inside your soul and cut off any outside interaction for a while. Outside of the hipster frenzy section of Bollywood, Love Songs for Robots maintains a very cozy, melancholy vibe while Patrick’s voice floats above us like a forlorn specter. Like a depressed introvert, this album takes quite a bit of effort to fully appreciate. If you can manage it, your soul will be better for it.

Listen to – “Turn Into The Noise

A Sound of Thunder - Tales From The Deadside

3. A Sound of ThunderTales From The Deadside | Independent

What would happen if a heavy/power metal band tried to play doom, and ended up being better than most doom metal bands?  This. A Sound of Thunder dives even deeper into doom territory than they did with their previous release, The Lesser Key of Solomon, and have emerged with a gratuitous offering of riffs to the riff god. As if that’s not tasty enough, they even wrote the album about Valiant Entertainment’s comic series, Shadowman. Drenched in the voodoo-style blues of New Orleans, this album flawlessly translates the story of the comic into a musical setting. Come for the riffs, stay for the story.

Listen to – “End Times

Trial - Vessel

2. TrialVessel | High Roller Records

When I think blackened power metal, this is what I want to hear. I’m not talking about vocal style, I’m talking entirely about the riffs. Ardent tremolo picked melodies will haunt you for the 51 min duration of Vessel. The vocals pair up in what sounds like a desperate prayer for an almost certainly lost life. The chord progressions will make you think you’re listening to a less folky Windir, or perhaps one of King Diamond‘s speedier tracks. Easily the greatest strength of this album is how, similar to Fates Warning’s Awaken the Guardian, the vocals often tie into the chords more as an instrument than a vocal lead. If you can listen to this and tell me you think this sucks, turn in your metal card.

Listen to – “To New Ends

Judicator - At The Expense of Humanity

1. JudicatorAt The Expense of Humanity | Divebomb Records

I wasn’t sure if this would last the entire year and stay in my top spot, let alone my top 10. Month after month, I timorously approached the album again and again to see if it still stood as tall as I remembered, and every single time it blew me away. Every single part of this album makes it a perfect 10, from the lyrics, the production, the writing, the musicianship, and the vocals. This is the most depressing power metal album you will ever listen to. At The Expense of Humanity details the story of John Yelland’s brother’s losing battle to cancer, and the grievous toll it took on the family. Despite the dreadful subject matter, the music stands as a tower of indomitable strength and resolve. This is a stellar example of what the US Power Metal scene is capable of, and indicative of the enormous talent rising beneath the surface of the American scene.

Pass the light, remember the fallen.

Listen to – “How Long Can You Live Forever



10. TetragrammacideTyphonian Wormholes: Indecipherable AntiStructural Formulæ | Iron Bonehead Productions

This is a band that I was completely unaware of that released an album very late in the year so it was interesting trying to debate adding them to the top 10 or not. After countless listens to the album it felt right to sneak them in though. Ever since I saw Nyogthaeblisz live at Hells Headbash 2 I’ve been on the hunt for some of the harshest, most chaotic, and ugliest sounding black metal imaginable. I got an email from Iron Bonehead Productions saying that they just released an EP by a band called Tetragrammacide. Iron Bonehead Productions is a label that usually does not disappoint me, so I immediately played the album on Bandcamp and was instantly on board. This EP just goes to show that black metal can still be pushed to its most extreme form while still being interesting and devastating. This is 25 minutes of no fucks given audial terror that is will certainly not be understood by many. Total fucking support for this band! I can’t wait for more audial terror from these two maniacs.

Listen to —  “Typhonian Wormholes: Indecipherable Anti​-​Structural Formulæ


12Jacket_3mm_spine_all_sides.indd9. Black CiliceMysteries | Iron Bonehead Productions

Underneath all the harsh noise and distortion there is some serious melancholy and beauty to Mysteries that is trapped in a slow swirling black tar abyss. This is a harsh listen, but I can’t image this album without the harshness that it brings. I mean it’s one of the key factors to Black Cilice’s signature sound. The very raw/harsh elements only make the melancholy all the more intense and painful because this album is meant to be painful both physically and mentally. A buddy of mine said that Black Cilice is “Raw, howling ghost in a windtunnel black metal”, I think he fucking nailed it. Mysteries is certainly an appropriate name for this album and this is one Mystery that is not meant to be messed with; so just dive into the abyss and endure.

Listen to — “Mysteries


Pissgrave-Suicide-Euphoria-018. PissgraveSuicide Euphoria | Profound Lore Records

Filth! Pure and simple… This band is “Filth”. I read a comment on Facebook from Ethan Lee McCarthy of Primitive Man who said: Brb quitting music because Pissgrave is nastier than everyone. It’s been real. Thanks.” When filth monger Ethan says something like that you damn well better know that he means it. No frills here, just some nasty-crushing-ass death metal with some killer riffs! I’d have death metal no other way.

Listen to — “Suicide Euphoria


FIN-The-Furrows-of-Tradition-e14288648409637. Fin The Furrows of Tradition | Independent

Some black metal is icy cold, and some black metal is just an inferno of blistering savagery. This third album by Chicago based Fin is a fast paced hellfire induced masterpiece with lots of blast beats and tons and tons of glorious riffs. This album does not leave much breathing room, but it keeps the listener interested for the whole 50 minutes while still being unrelenting. The Furrows of Tradition will come at you like a hurricane made of hellfire and suck you in and throw you out leaving you ready for more punishment.

Listen to — “Abscond as Smoke to the Sky


a3578139737_106. AdversarialDeath, Endless Nothing and the Black Knife of Nihilism | Dark Descent Records

Talk about a huge improvement from their last full length. I’ve always hated the “Most Improved” award but I have to give it to Adversarial. This album crushes so damn hard, and it’s just so incredibly tight. Adversarial created an album that is one of the most professional and complex blackened death metal albums I’ve ever heard, and they somehow keep the intensity and dick crushing up front. I’ve had a lot of fun listening to this album and dissecting it. I seem to discover something new with each listen. It’s like The Big Lebowski of Blackened Death albums for me if that makes any sense (always finding new shit). Also, this has to be my favorite album tile of any album this year, and I have to also point out that this album probably has the best drum performance out of any album on my list.

Listen to — “Death, Endless Nothing and the Black Knife of Nihilism


a2149470811_105. Genocide Shrines Manipura Imperial Deathevokovil (Scriptures Of Reversed Puraana Dharmurder | Vault of Dried Bones

After hearing their short but incredible EP Devanation Monumentemples last year for the first time I was instantly hooked. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve played that damn EP, but all I knew was that I wanted more Genocide Shrines material fast, and thank Satan that 2015 delivered just that. I’m certain that this album has been my most played bestial death metal album of this year. I love everything about it; the cavernous production, the menacing riffs, and the monstrous drumming. This album takes no prisoners and is by far one of the best if not the best doomy sounding bestial death metal album of the year.

Listen to — “Manipura Imperial Deathevokovil (Scriptures Of Reversed Puraana Dharmurd)”


a3479037811_104. RevengeBehold.Total.Rejection | Season of Mist

Behold.Total.Rejection is the meanest and most savage album of the year. I knew this album would be a home run, but I didn’t think it would be a grand slam! Hail to the almighty Revenge!!!! I really don’t know what to say that has not already been said about this album. So there you have it… Get FUCKED!!!

Listen to — “Behold.Total.Rejection


a0736102743_103. MgłaExercises in Futility | No Solace

Ever since I saw Mgła at MDF two years ago I’ve had With Hearts Towards None on a constant playing loop. So after playing the hell of that album for so long I decided to explore Mgła’s catalog a bit more. I found all the past material to be quality work but WHTN still stood as my overall favorite.  So when I heard that Exercises in Futility was coming out this year I got quite excited as did many others. Is Exercises in Futility better than WHTN? I don’t know, but it does not matter because Mgła have once again created another paragon of an album by bringing the strong riffs, lyrics, song writing, and overall musicianship. Mgła prove that they are on top of the black metal game and they don’t seem to be slowing down any time soon.

Listen to — “Exercises in Futility V”


a2477361944_102. SielunvihollinenHautaruhtinas | Darker than Black Records

Sielunvihollinen is a black metal band hailing from Finland, a solid guarantee of a quality black metal product. Sielunvihollinen play a straight forward style of black metal incorporating melodic melodies, frostbitten guitar leads, and mood swinging tempo changes. Sielunvihollinen really stands out on the slower tracks in my opinion which allows the guitars to have more room to carry those bone chilling guitar leads/melodies; I absolutely love the chills those leads provide me. The slower tracks are much more desolate, and they carry a copious amount of melancholy, whereas the faster songs are almost more uplifting sounding at times. Sielunvihollinen are the real deal, and they created an original sounding black metal album without being fancy or progressive. This album uses a pretty simple formula but the outcome is beyond rewarding.

Listen to — “Hautaruhtinas


a0812121144_101. Misþyrming – Söngvar elds og óreiðu | Fallen Empire Records

Icelandic black metal has been a growing force in the past few years, and it does not seem to be withering away any time soon. Söngvar elds og óreiðu is an incredibly crafted Icelandic black metal album that proves that Iceland is quickly becoming the dominating source of quality black metal. This album combines the meaner essences of blackness while some more interesting components that make Söngvar elds og óreiðu a stand out black metal album from this year. This is certainly my most played album of this year without a doubt. I really can’t wait to see what this band does next.

Listen to — “Söngvar elds og óreiðu


10. Cruciamentum Charnel Passages | Profound Lore Records

Death metal is a well-trodden path these days. At a time when the greater majority of bands in the genre are trying to incorporate some kind of other style and form a “fusion” of sorts, Cruciamentum have managed to make an invigorating straight-up death metal record. From the moment I heard the pre-album release track “Piety Carved From Flesh” I was hooked. The album exudes OSDM riffage, off-the-wall atonal solos and just gets me riled up in a good-old fashioned way; its simplicity is actually one of its strong points, with each song being a concise, well-executed and most importantly memorable, exercise in death metal.

Listen to “Piety Carved From Flesh

9. Hæthen Shaped By Aeolian WindsIndependent

For the best part of the year I was sure that Nocternity’s Harps Of The Ancient Temples would be here, then when it came down to short-listing I thought I wouldn’t have room for both it and Obsequiae‘s Aria Of Vernal Tombs. So I did the only fair thing and left them both as honourable mentions, leaving the spot open for the first black metal album to envelope my mind this year, Hæthen’s Shaped By Aeolian Winds. Released in February, this album has had the longest time to drop away, but it just hasn’t faltered. Everytime I hear a part of it, I’m compelled to listen to the whole piece. Shrouded with an enthralling atmosphere, this album served me well during the Southern Winter and should do the same for those of you in the North.

Check out “Amongst The Forlorn Larch

8. Abrahma Reflections In The Bowels Of A Bird | Small Stone Records

Another time when the album’s cover art has caught my eyes immediately and demanded further investigation was my chance bandcamp encounter with Reflections In The Bowels Of A Bird. I’m very glad I gave it a chance because French band Abrahma have expelled one of the stoner/psych albums of the year. I would have been content to include the awesome releases from Saturndust or Elder in its place but to be honest, I’m sure someone else will cover them, so I’d like to give some exposure to this gem of an album. Unsure as to whether the haiku mini-review week was sufficient acknowledgement, I’m going to leave it here for you to delve into; it will not disappoint.

Listen to “An Offspring To The Wolves

7. Embrional The Devil Inside | Old Temple Records

Polish death metal doesn’t get much better than this right here. Showcasing top-quality riffs, impeccable drumming and a lethal dose of vitriol, The Devil Inside ticks all the boxes in terms of expectations placed on contemporary death metal albums. While not really fitting in with the archetypal current-day tech-death sound, Embrional still bring a degree of technicality to the enbalming table, letting it bleed out slowly rather than forcing it out like a rough stool. Even though my usual guitar-centric focus was satiated from the riffs on offer, the drums really hit home just how strong this band’s performance here is. Solid production and quality songwriting add to the malicious atmosphere.

Listen to “Funeral March

6. Volahn Aq’ab’al | Crepusculo Negro Records

With Aq’ab’al, Volahn have not only penned one of the most extraordinary black metal albums of the year, they have created one of the most interesting metal albums in recent memory. The vivid Mayan-themed cover art is indicative of the vibrant music contained within. The record displays a certain psychedelic flair, and I don’t mean in a meandering introspective snoozy way. I’m talking more in the enigmatic visionary sense. The album is complex and intricate without feeling dense or bloated. A lithe untamed entity that will take you for a wild ride down the left hand path, into lush and fertile terrain.

Review/listen here.

5. Profanator Mvtter Vicivm | Chaos Records

Mexican maniacs Profanator ripped me out of my thrash-slumber earlier this year with Mvtter Vicivm. The 8 tracks clock in at just over half an hour, which is a good thing because your neck will not be able to tolerate more than 30 minutes of the intense headbanging that this record invokes. Upon first listen my mind immediately tried to recall the last time I had heard something so innately vicious; I had to hearken back some 15 years to my teens hearing Reign In Blood for the first time on my discman. The urgent and visceral nature of this album is why I think it stands out as one of the best thrash albums I’ve ever heard.

Listen to “Mvtter Vicivm

4. Sunset In The 12th House Mozaic | Prophecy Records

Romanian instrumental band Sunset In The 12th House was one of my most prized discoveries this year. Their debut album Mozaic took me on a mental journey through a series of rich soundscapes, with the pristine production accentuating both the beauty and heaviness. In my review I was hesitant to compare them directly to those bands who could be considered as contemporaries (Scale The Summit, Pomegranate Tiger, Dream Theater); it just wouldn’t feel right. This album is a culmination of eclectic influence, progression, psychedelia and finesse, creating a diverse, unique and deeply immersive listen.

Read my review here.

3. Scythian Hubris In Excelsis | Hell’s Headbangers Records

Scythian’s second offering encompasses pretty much everything I like about metal, in one completely awesome package. From the neck-breaking blackened death/thrash riffing with befitting drums, exquisite leads replete with shredding melodies, dual harmonies, bar-dives and more. Adding to the exceptional musicianship is a superb attention to composition, within individual songs and in terms of the entirety of the album. This is achieved in no small part through strong chord progressions, the excellent use of acoustic layering, the memorable album art and lyrics/vocals (including a legendary spoken-word section) all combining to instill an atmosphere of grandeur which has kept me coming back over and over. If you can’t find something to enjoy about this release, you’re listening to the wrong fucking genre.

Listen to “Beyond The Dust

2. Barshasketh Ophidian Henosis | World Terror Committee Productions

2015 seems to have been a killer year for black metal, not just in terms of quantity but also in the quality of the releases. Choosing a favourite was hard, and exiting my Winter cavern in front was Ophidian Henosis. I’m not sure I can praise this album any more than I already have in my review earlier this year, other than to say it came out on top. While I would have liked to include Pale Chalice’s Negate The Infinite and Miraculous, out of the two quite similarly styled releases, Barshasketh’s edges it out with dynamics and depth.

Read my review here.

1. Tempel The Moon Lit Our Path | Prosthetic Records

I was prepared for Tempel’s follow-up to their incredible debut to be awesome, I really was. Alas, I was not prepared for how awesome it would be. When this 5-track, 50+ minute epic dropped back in June, I was floored, and I still can’t escape its magnitude. If On The Steps Of The Temple was grand, then this album is utterly majestic. Words fall short of illustrating the impact this record has had on me, which is somewhat fitting considering it’s instrumental. The Moon Lit Our Path would be in my top ten records that I’ve heard in my 30 years of life.

Read the TovH interview here.

Honourable Mentions:
Iskrareview (blackened thrash)
Acherontaslisten (black metal)
Gloamreview (doomy/psych black metal)


  • Dubs

    Great lists, gents.

  • This year has been a strange one… Historically my top list includes bands that I have been listenting too for quite some time, this year is an exception. Seems like many of those bands I have kinda grown out of. No biggie! Fortunately there are a slew of artists that I am introduced everyday too based on all of the great reccomendations from you’ll. I am proud that I have listened to more black metal artists than in the past (it is starting to grow on me (!!!)), but I still have work to do. I hope I can take time this week and get some Mgla listening in, apparently it is quite popular around these parts. All in all it has been a great year.

    Thanks guys!


    1.) Lynch Mob – Rebel
    2.) The Gentle Storm – The Diary
    3.) Claret Ash – The Cleansing
    4.) Soilwork – The Ride Majestic
    5.) Thy Catafalque – Sgurr
    6.) Nile – What Should Not Be Unearthed
    7.) Trivium – Silence In The Snow
    8.) Veil Of Maya – Matriarch
    9.) Sweet & Lynch – Only to Rise
    10) Sanzu – Heavy Over Home

    • Dubs

      I really liked that Claret Ash release.

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      I forgot to put Sweet & Lynch on mine.

      • It was certainly not as good as I thought it was… but… I only bought 11 albums this year and I wasn’t about to put the 11th one on the list, so I put Sweet and Lynch on there.

    • It’s always fun branching out isn’t it?

      • ***must resist… urge… to make…. tree joke….. ***

        Sure is!

    • I fell down the black metal/osdm holes this year. Sooo fucking glad I did.

    • I really wanted to dig that Veil of Maya album but I found it lacking, especially when compared to their older material. Nile and Soilwork tho >>>>

      • Ya know I remember not liking it a whole lot when it came out. But I listened through the other day and was mildly surprised how much I enjoyed it!

    • that new Sanzu is in heavy rotation at my desk

      • It snuck right in there!

  • Stanley


  • Rho Stone

    1. Baroness
    2. Kylesa
    3. Elder
    4. High on Fire

    I literally listened to nothing else

    • Vault Dweller

      My list isn’t much longer. Soilwork, both Periphery albums, that new Solution .45…

      • Waynecro

        SOLUTION .45!!!

        • Vault Dweller

          IT’S RILL GOOD!

  • nbm02ss

    Pissgrave and Genocide Shrines; I knew I was forgetting something….

  • Dubs

    That Scythian album is fantastic and almost made the cut for my own list.

  • Stanley

    Fin is my number 7 too. Came out of nowhere and knocked my socks off.

    • ┼yree

      Goddamn you are not kidding!!! Listened to it again during my run yesterday. RIFFS!!!! So many riffs.

      • RJA

        Have not heard it. Will rectify.

        • ┼yree

          There are only a select amount of songs available on youtube. You can probably download the album but if you are like me and don’t illegally download music you can find the album at Behold Barbarity.

          • RJA

            I download illegally all the time. But I also sat down the other day and figured I spent about 1300 dollars on music last year so…

          • ┼yree

            Gah, I don’t even want to think about that. I really probably should though.

      • Stanley

        Dude. Watch that live in Chicago vid if you haven’t already. M.K. Has to shake his hands and wrists out after every song. I can’t blame him. Riffing like a motherfucker.

        • riffing like a motherfucker >>>>>>>>

        • ┼yree

          No wonder they don’t play live much. Goddamn endurance test.

          • Stanley

            Yep. Cos there’s only two of them they have to play twice as much, twice as fast. Must be agony.

    • Dude, this sounds amazing.

    • Leif Bearikson

      Listening to a few tracks right now, and this is most definitely the good stuff.

  • Sir Tapir The Based

    Mi list (the worst list)
    10. Bensiini – R
    9. Izah: Sistere
    8. Sammal: Myrskyvaroitus
    7. Grave Pleasures: Dreamcrash
    6. Misþyrming: Söngvar elds og óreiðu
    5. Tähtiportti: Tähtiportti
    4. Oblivionized: Life is a Struggle, Give Up
    3. Kauan: Sorni Nai
    2. Killing Joke: Pylon
    1. Dark Buddha Rising: Inversum

    • Don’t see Thy Catafalque anywhere on that list, son 🙁

      • Sir Tapir The Based

        Your eyes do not deceive you.

        • But… I thought we had a connection?

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Doesn’t mean I didn’t like the album. ‘Twas good, but not as good as those.

    • Not the worst. We have one album in common 🙂

    • Dubs

      I applaud you for recognizing the glory of Oblivionized.

      • Sir Tapir The Based

        Been a big fan since I heard their first ep in 2011.

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      I ferget Oblivionized completely. And Bensiini, Fharc.
      but… Hail Dark Buddha Rising.
      (Though I liked Dakmandal more)

      • Sir Tapir The Based

        You are a true poopy butt

        • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

          The fucking fucks in Ghost Brigade called it quits. Fuck.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            VITUN MAMUT

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            Ayy fucking refugeez.

          • who? *rustles Tapir’s jimmies

          • Waynecro

            NOOOOO!!! I love that band. Shit.

    • Waynecro


      • Sir Tapir The Based


    • Sir Tapir is good Tapir.

  • ┼yree

    Hæthen – Shaped By Aeolian Winds was at the very edge. Barley made it off unfortunately. Glad it made someones list, especially a lizards list.

    • Spear

      I’ve been jamming that one a lot lately. Very nearly made my list as well.

    • At least we agreed on two things this year.

      I also listened to the Revenge finally last night. Omg

      • ┼yree

        That fucker hurts in the best possible way.

        • God yes

        • Dubs

          It reminds me of Mufasa felt after trampled by the wildebeest herd.

          • ┼yree

            Good comparison. I tend to drive faster when I listen to that album in the car. I ran to it once and had to switch to something else. That album is not meant for long distance running, Haha!

      • So fucking good, fuck

    • Lacertilian

      I was the same with Misthyrming, knowing it would get a fair bit of press allowed me to chuck in some more overlooked stuff.

  • Spear

    These are some damn fine lists, gents.

    • Thanks spear! HAIL!

      • Spear

        I totally forgot that Trial was this year. BALLS

        • Dude I jumped on that train early, really lucky I found them

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Hahaha. I still need to buy that Pissgrave album. Fuck everything.

    • ┼yree

      Just keep waiting, that vinyl should be out next year anyways.

    • For the record, I am now calling our cat King Shit of Laundry Mountain. Here is a image (RFI) as proof. Careful – the dank sub megapixel quality may give you eye cancer or something. <3


    • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

      Get a canvas print of it to hang over the dinner table.

  • Sir Tapir The Based

    “What would happen if a heavy/power metal band tried to play doom, and ended up being better than most doom metal bands?”
    Well obviously that has never happened nor will it ever happen.

    • Found the poser

    • KJM, Shake Zula

      Certainly not with any of the Doom bands on my list.

      • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

        As I was telling Tapir, Atlantean Kodex mixes the two quite well.

    • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

      Atlantean Kodex combines the two quite well.

      • Sir Tapir The Based

        Nothing with power metal can be good.

        • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

          More when it comes to the choruses than anything. It’s definitely not Rhapsody or whatnot. Epic doom with some folk mixed in would be the best way I can describe it.

  • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

    Thanks peeps good stuff.

    My 2015 most annoying people and things in the news list:
    1. Putin
    2. Trump
    3. Charlie Sheen-Go away dude.
    4. Good Morning America: everyone and everything involved in it…
    5. Rob Delaney-Hes just not funny people, get over it please.
    6. Dave Grohl
    7. NFL-puts out a really bad product. Really bad and we pay through the nose for it…
    8. Twitter-#twittersucks
    9. Kobe
    10. Super hero films-YAWN.

    • Vault Dweller

      I think you’re really underestimating Kobe on this list; he’s one of the worst fucking players in the NBA now, but still takes shots like he’s 2006 Kobe. Fucking embarrassing to the Lakers entire organization (but naturally, as a Celtics fan, I’m eating it up!)

    • Dubs

      Dave Grohl would like to have a word with you.

    • You shut your mouth about Dave grohl

      • Vault Dweller

        You’re right. Substitute Hansi for Grohl.

      • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff


        Dave invented punk, rock n roll, the guitar, being cool, and turbo thrusters so hes also rocket scientist.

        • He is kinda like Kid Rock; not relevant at all, but somehow always relevant.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            great call…like a cowboy

          • Also, fuck Kid Rock.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            fuck yea

        • Salvador Dalí Lama


          re-recorded all the drummers parts behind that drummers back and tried to get away with it.

    • Just reading the name Trump makes me cringe.

    • The scary thing about Trump is just how many people actually support him. I normally don’t give a flying fuck about politics, but I really really really do not want him as a president.

      • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

        Couldn’t agree more..didn’t Nostradamus predict Trump through the movie Idiocracy or something like that as one of the 14 signs of the pocalyspe?

        • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

          Hey now! Don’t be comparing a true and noble leader like President Camacho to a redundant pile of amoeba turds like Trump!

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            great point!

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        Don’t worry, won’t happen.

        • True, appealing to only white racist evangelicals in the South isn’t going to cut it.

          • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

            And the GOP is pretty tired of him and his antics. The only reason they’re putting up with him and him lashing out against them out of nowhere (then immediately kissing their asses) is the poll numbers.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            and fear of the independent split

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            Great Fox News Ratings tho!

          • Huge part of the problem, too many idiot eyeballs buying that propoganda hook, line and sinker then make that fantasy part of their reality.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            YES, and imo that why the party has forever changed.

      • Salvador Dalí Lama

        A lot of people supported Hitler too.

        Then again, at least Hitler had compassion*, dexterity, and power in his speeches. Trump just spouts vague buzzwords and taglines like “Make America Great Again”, and the lowest common denominator eats it up like it was a super sized meal. He’s an uncouth Hitler for the rubes of a low IQ populous. At the same time, I respect him for using people’s idiocy to cash in and make bank off this campaign.

        *compassion did not apply to Jewish people.

        • I wouldn’t go as far to say all of his supporters are “low IQ populous.” I am acquaintances with a number of very intelligent who simple like what they hear from his. I think it just depends more on to whom the candidates rhetoric is being pandering towards and not so much IQ.

          • Salvador Dalí Lama

            I’ll give you that, but he certainly isn’t going to be helping out the common classes once in power.

          • Maybe, but maybe not!

            The whole thing is kinda buggered anyway. I doubt you could get a straight answer from any politician. Furthermore, it seems are though most people see the whole system as corrupt, yet we all believe in this pristine model of democracy we have. Super awesome stuff.

      • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

        Between him, Carson, and Clinton (Sanders has no chance of winning, so don’t even bother), I’m sad to say Clinton is the best pick. It’s THAT bad. We need a real president who can lead the way and inspire a nation, like………..

        • KJM, Shake Zula

          Eh, I remember when EVERYBODY was telling me Obama was unelectable and I’d better get used to President Clinton II. None of this means anything until March.

          • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

            From the looks of it, those are the 3 possible candidates so far. Unless someone really picks up steam and storms ahead. Sanders has little chance of that, but here’s to hoping he gets to that point.

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            I just remember McCain spending months painting Obama as a scaree Mooslim Sosshulist to practically no avail. All I’ll say for certain right now is that ‘Unnamed Democrat’ will be out next President.

          • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns
          • KJM, Shake Zula

            I want to hire him to show up in Massachusetts next year and get all the stoners to the polls.

          • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

            Lol, it’s a legit thing set up by the Danish government, along with:


          • KJM, Shake Zula

            I can dig it.
            Gotta get those stoners to the polls so weed can be 100% legal in MA instead of just de facto legal.

          • more beer

            I’m moving to Denmark. I need to live someplace where commercials are telling you to fuck.

          • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

            Pretty sure you’d have to take care of the kids though! Just like when I heard Japan’s looking for volunteers to help with the low birth rate, I’m thinking “Fuck yeah, I’ll double the population in two weeks!”. Thing is you have to take care of the kids under penalty of law (and well, good conscience). There went my cunning plan!

          • more beer

            If all the chicks look like that one sign me up. I’m old and live an unhealthy lifestyle. I will probably be dead by the time they reach college age. Problem solved.

          • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

            Keep in mind Victoria’s Secret has a few models from there, so they’re doing something right over there. And the men are doing something very very wrong!

          • more beer

            No shit. I wouldn’t need any prompting to try and bang chicks looking like that.

          • more beer

            If weed is on the ballot they will come out in force. They did here.

        • Honestly, Bill Clinton was a fantastic president. So what if he got his dick sucked? His wife is batshit insane though.

          • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

            Oh, Bill’s presidency were halcyon days, certainly. Hillary is one of the most self-serving, advantageous people ever to work on Capitol Hill, though, which is saying alot. Remember how she slammed Obama left and right when running against him, then suddenly buttered up to him when he offered up that sweet little position?

          • halcyon days, Tea Party reference

          • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns
          • more beer

            This is how I see the dick sucking thing. If you were yielding the most powerful penis in the free world, wouldn’t use that to your advantage? I would without a doubt.

    • Salvador Dalí Lama

      My list:
      1. Lack of meteor/asteroid impacts.
      2. The average clod’s brood of failure (AKA children/AKA shitbags)
      3. The 2015 model of the average clod
      4. Trump
      5. Grohl
      6. Political correctness ruining everything
      7a. Social media
      7b. What’s on television
      8. People whining about Obama and everything yet fail to offer realistic solutions
      9. Patrick Kane, and the fact that the NHL secretly threw enough money at his rape case to make it disappear.
      10. Fear evangelism

      • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

        I approve this list and now wish to expand mine…and I’m a Blackhawks fan.

        • Salvador Dalí Lama

          NHL got lucky a lot of Americans barely pay attention to hockey news.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            or hockey in general…lol!

          • Salvador Dalí Lama


          • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

            Chicago is practically nothing but fairweather Blackhawks fans nowadays. Not too long ago, no one gave two shits about hockey unless there was another NFL or MLB lockout.

          • Salvador Dalí Lama

            And mysteriously two faces of the franchises appeared. Just like Pittsburgh at one point.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            I grew up in the Chicago area and to be fair the city has had a very loyal fan-base. I’m 49 now and lived there for 30 years. Larry Witz ground the fan base into the ground (long boring, well documented story). So all in all people there are pretty loyal fans: see cubs bears and white sox. Sure there are more “fans” now but many of us paid our dues and now enjoy the rewards. Rocky Wirtz came in and turned the culture back around and it all began with an apology for his fathers actions.

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          I’m a Devils fan. I’m also a 76ers fan. I’m horrified by how the 76ers are doing.

    • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

      Charlie Sheen will go away quite soon, after he’s sued into bankruptcy. At last count, there’s 25 lawsuits and counting.

      • Salvador Dalí Lama

        Or when his coke-bloated meat sack finally gives way to the HIV.

        • more beer

          Man with the drugs they have for HIV now. He is gonna be around for years. I had a friend who lived with it for 25 years before he passed away. The drugs weren’t close to as good then as they are now.

          • Salvador Dalí Lama

            I forgot about the HIV/AIDS medicine advancements.

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      Here’s my top 10 worst things of 2015:

      1. Ben Carson
      2. Donald Trump
      3. Slayer- Repentless
      4. The 76ers
      5. Bernie Sanders
      6. Chipotle and their ECOLI outbreak
      7. All the terrorism
      8. The loss of Chris Squire
      9. The death of Rowdy Roddy Piper
      10. Ronda Rousey’s first loss.

      • I feel like this is a good place to put this video:

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          I loved this video so much.

          • “CARSON”

      • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

        I like this and feel your pain JJD!

      • more beer

        Ronda Rousey got it from a better fighter. Holly Holm is a hell of a boxer. Rousey has no boxing skills. If they fight again the results will be the same.

        • Phoenix of the House Tendies

          I still like Ronda, but I like Holly also. Ronda got too arrogant and didn’t bring her A game. Holly did. Holly earned the title, simple as that.

          I don’t agree with your last sentence though. I imagine Ronda will humble herself and come back stronger. The rematch will likely be a lot more even.

          • more beer

            She will still be lacking in boxing skills. I lived In Albuquerque fr a long time . I have followed Holly Holm’s career for a while now. Plus met her a couple of times at gym I cleaned the windows at. She was always very nice. She trains hard. I think she will be ready next time around too.

    • oh man, was with you until #10. well, 9/10 still gets an upvote!

      • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

        Ill take 9/10 from Jimmy mac and freaking day bro!

    • Dubs

      TRICKLEDOWNOVTACOKVLTRIFF, you have failed this toilet!

      • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

        what did I do now?

        • Dubs

          This was for @James_Jimmy_Mcnulty:disqus.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            lolbutz…love that dude.

    • Stockhausen

      I back this clown!

  • Salvador Dalí Lama

    Lord Fist? Sounds like a great porno name.

    • Hi 😉

      • Salvador Dalí Lama

        Lord Fist starring in “I Wore Her Like A Mitten”

        • There is a small hand joke somewhere in here… I just cannot find one.

  • My honorable mentions:

    Maruta – Remain Dystopian
    The Kill – Kill Them……All
    The Armed – Untitled
    General Lee – Knives Out! Everybody
    Hell Mary- S/T
    Organ Dealer – Visceral Infection
    Discomfort – Worst
    Retox – Beneath California


      • Breakdowns, noise and blast beats are my policy.

      • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

        Bring the noise, b-boys.

    • Waynecro


    • Discomfort and Organ Dealer were my picks for Araäärararaä Deucecore, friendo!

      • Glad to know that it’s having that kind of effect on you.

    • ┼yree

      Kill Them……All was great.

      • I think it’s great that they just blasted through 90% of that album and flat out left no survivors.

  • RJA

    Great lists guys. I promised myself I would check out Randall’s favorite album just to step outside my comfort zone a bit.

  • ┼yree

    My honorable mentions:
    Sect Pig – Self Reversed
    Caterva Runa – Europa Nostra
    Bonehunter – Evil Triumphs Again
    Megiddo – The Holocaust Messiah
    Veiled – Omniscient Veil
    HOHL – The Codex Odium
    Hæthen – Shaped By Aeolian Winds
    Invincible Force – Satan Rebellion Metal
    Hacavitz – Darkness Beyond
    Deathhammer – Evil Power
    Embrional – The Devil Inside
    Murg – Varg & Björn
    Akitsa – Grands tyrans
    Brulvahnatu – Frozen Obscene Deliverance
    Death Karma – The History Of Death & Burial Rituals part I
    Serpents Lair – Circumambulating the Stillborn
    Ride For Revenge – Ageless Powers Arise
    Drowning the Light – From the Abyss
    Sadistic Ritual – Edge Of The Knife
    Arvas – Black Satanic Mysticism
    Nachash – Conjuring The Red Death Eclipse
    Macabre Omen – Gods Of War – At War
    Occultus – Nuctemeron
    Iskra – Ruins
    DEVOURING STAR – Through Lung and Heart
    Abominator – Evil Proclaimed
    Nocternity – Harps Of The Ancient Temples
    Goat Semen – Ego Sum Sathana
    Infernal War – Axiom
    Death Karma – The History Of Death & Burial Rituals part I
    Bloodlust – Cultus Diaboli
    Archgoat – The Apocalyptic Triumphator
    Dopethrone – HOCHELAGA
    Hic Iacet – The Cosmic Trance Into The Void
    Balmog – Svmma Fide
    Gonguri / Sithter – Split
    Autokrator – Autokrator
    Void Ceremony – Dystheism 7”EP
    Abyssal – Antikatastaseis
    Primitive Man – Home is Where the Hatred Is
    Black Candle Ritual – Passages Of Black Devotion
    Monolord – Vænir
    Serpentrance – The Besieged Sanctum
    Abusiveness – Bramy Nawii
    The Haunting Presence – 2015 MLP

    • Primitive Man was this year? shit

      • ┼yree

        Early in the year yeah.

        • Ah that’s probably why I don’t remember. The first half of this year was absolute hell for me. I literally blocked it out and don’t remember much.

    • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

      Shit, I didn’t know Hacavitz had a new one out. Gonna have to mosey on over and check that out later. Good choices on Pissgrave and Death Karma, btw.

    • Leif Bearikson

      Devouring Star was a hard cut for me. One of the first albums that blew me away this year, I just didn’t find myself revisiting as often as others.

      • ┼yree

        I feel the same way about that one too. I just didn’t seem to revisit it much. Not sure why.

        • Dubs


      • RJA

        I absolutely loved that record. Near the top of the list when it came out and stayed there all year. Similar to thantifaxath for me in 2014.

  • tigeraid

    Randall and I share a #1. This is a good thing.

  • These riffs are tasty as a mudderfalcon ice cream cone! Hot damn!

    • I can’t seem to find a download of it anywhere :/. Been looking for a few days.

      • you could…. buy it?

        • I will eventually, but not now. You have any idea how much money I have spent on music this year? I told myself I’m not allowed to buy any more till next year.

          • ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Potato Soup/Tomato Soup!

      • Dubs

        It isn’t available digitally.

        • Really? How does one find it?

          • ┼yree

            On the internets. I posted the link some where in the comment section.

          • hmmm I just spent a couple minutes trying to find something with no luck.

          • ┼yree
          • Well I made it there, but there was a number of NSFW items, so I bugged out. Thanks for the link!

          • ┼yree

            Oh yeah, sorry about that. Not sure where else to find the album though.

          • kfineiboughtitfuckyou

          • ┼yree

            Their second album is on there too. So, if you are looking for more you’ll know where to find it.

          • Noooo stop im trying to do the whole save money thing

        • their fanbase consists entirely of Howard Deans

    • Dubs

      Thanks for spreading the mudderfalcon love.

      • I lost it when I read that Monday evening. Fine work

      • ┼yree

        Mother Falcon is a band from Austin, Texas.

        • Dubs

          “Orchestral Indie”… pass.

          • ┼yree

            Good call. I typed in Falcon Mother to find a picture of a Falcon but found that instead.

    • abscond = best word evar

    • #holyshitmindblown

      • those leads! The drumming and guitars could do without the voacals

  • ┼yree

    Profanator – Mvtter Vicivm goes so hard! One of the fastest thrash albums of this year. Just absolutely rips! Just wish it was a little less polished on the production side.

    • Lacertilian

      I thought it was dirty enough to remain raw and visceral, yet clear enough to hear all the nuances in the riffing.
      It’s certainly less polished than a lot of contemporary thrash.

  • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

    TANAGRA!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A toast to brave sir Randall!

  • tigeraid

    Suppose I’ll toss my list on here, for those not on the bookface group?

    Here’s the Top 20 list you’ve ACTUALLY been waiting for, kids. You will find no Black Metal here. You will find no Ghost. Beg my pard. But you will find a healthy dose of Power, Doom, and some weird/neat stuff.

    The Top 5 is a fairly solid order–after that, they’re pretty much in no particular order.

    #1 – Slayer – Repentlooooooooooooooooooooooool…. Ahhh, c’mon.

    1. Judicator – At The Expense of Humanity

    Absolute fucking tour de force of Power, and probably almost no one’s heard of it. That’s a shame. A concept album about death and loss, and triumph, with plenty of influence from vintage Blind Guardian, but angrier and heavier. Haven’t re-listened to an album this much in a very long time.

    2. Visigoth – The Revenant King

    This has rightly received a lot of hype, a killer mix of Manilla Road, Grand Magus and a dash of weirdness from Cirith Ungol. Like Manowar if they wrote good lyrics and didn’t take themselves so goddamn seriously.

    3. Lamb of God – VII Sturm und Drang

    Yeah that’s right, I went there. There last album was tepid, but in my opinion Sturm und Drang has brought them back to their angry, thrashy roots. This album reeks of emotion, and Blythe seems re-energized by his ordeal in the Czech Republic. When he screams “My hands are painted red!!!!” you can taste his anguish and disbelief in the air. “512” alone is worth the price of admission.

    4. Magic Circle – Journey Blind

    This sure came out of nowhere–made up of punk and hardcore band members, yet distinctly old school Doom/traditional metal, reeking of Black Sabbath and Pentagram. Just enough twists here and there to make them unique though, despite the nostalgia.

    5. Sylosis – Dormant Heart

    Sylosis continues to forge their own path, a sort of mish-mash of thrash, melo-death and metalcore elements. It didn’t quite draw me in like 2012’s Monolith, but there’s still plenty to get excited about, and the sound really seems even heavier and thicker than before.

    6. Bedowyn – Blood of the Fall (Obscure as hell, but very cool–what if Pantera met Mastadon at the peak of their powers?)

    7. Byzantine – To Release Is to Resolve (Not as drop-dead amazing as their self-titled, but still groovy as fuck.)

    8. Iron Maiden – The Book of Souls (A little too long, but still enough new and interesting stuff to draw me in. Maiden is Maiden.)

    9. Christian Mistress – To Your Death (I didn’t even know I liked Stoner Metal, until I listened to this. Groovy shit.)

    10. Crypt Sermon – Out of the Garden (Kind of a slower, crunchier Dio-era Sabbath. Really dug it.)

    11. Blind Guardian – Behind the Red Mirror (because Hansi.)
    12. Terminus – The Reaper’s Spiral (FROM HELL’S HEART I STAB AT THEEEEEEEEEEEEE)
    13. Dendara – Pillars of Creation
    14. Hatchet – Fear Beyond Lunacy
    15. Khemmis – Absolution
    16. Tulsadoom – Storms of the Netherworld
    17. A Sound of Thunder – Tales from the Deadside
    18. Manilla Road – The Blessed Curse
    19. Stormhold – Battle of the Royal Hills
    20. Night Demon – Curse of the Damned

    • I was dissapointed I did not stick with the new Sylosis album. I was super jacked up about the release… then I never followed through. Great list, though!

      • It’s good, but pales in comparison to Monolith. It just seems to be missing something.

        • brevity

        • tigeraid

          I can’t disagree. Still dig it though.

    • Terminus <3

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    Rand al’Thor:
    Green Ayyleen is grayyt.
    So is Trials. But A Sound of Thunder was a semi-disappointment, and Judicator just aight.

    • Sigh was just okay this year too

      • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

        Yeah it wasn’t a mindblower.

        • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

          Nuh uh it wuz

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            ‘Twas good. But no more.

          • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse


  • Maik Beninton™

    I’m surprise Gloryhammer is not on Randall’s list.

    • I love it but I like every single one of those more than gloryhammer

      • gloryhammer master race

      • Maik Beninton™

        I really thought it would be your top #1.

  • Scrimm

    One album up there made my list. Lot of good stuff though.

    • ┼yree


      • Scrimm

        Correct, but little bit more black metal is catching my ear lately, I have a lot of recs from you to check out.

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    Is it ok to admit that there are a couple of popular bands here that I don’t really listen to because I don’t like how I can’t pronounce their names?

  • JWEG

    I’ve already posted both my AOTY list and runners-up. Twice (they’re either things I submitted in the Reader Poll, or upvoted with comment) including below the other Writers’ list.

    I could easily have described it as a Metal AOTY only though; as I didn’t like any pop stuff that came out this year (other than one obvious exception), I didn’t listen to any rock unless it was retro-rock that wound up in the metal section, I avoid country music like the plague, I can’t stand EDM and dubstep, I forgot to check out this year’s jazz releases. Lots of other genres missed.

    I don’t have a Game of the Year list. I’m still working on a collection that’s from 2011 at the latest.

    Fave indie horror film of the year: Cat Sick Blues:
    I hope it gets some form of international release after making its full festival rounds.

    Best politics type thing: D.O.A. federal Canadian conservative Reactionary movement
    Worst politics type thing: thriving federal American conservative Reactionary movement

    Bonus Cat Picture:

    • awwwww, what a sweetiepants! is Fallout 4 on your GOTY list?

      • JWEG

        If I get to it, I may add it retroactively. Ask me again in four years or so. 😉

    • tertius_decimus

      This year Wolfgang Haffner’s release was a huge disappointment. High hopes were on that one.

    • Gimme Kawaii Toast, Honey Buns

      Same. My list has been almost equally split between synthpop/dreampop and metal releases. Though Carly Rae Jepsen is still my top pick, either which way.

    • Guppusmaximus

      Here’s kick ass Jazz releases for ya {these both made my AOTY list}:

      FAT – Living The Dream

      5 for Trio – Garder La Tension

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    Capital write ups chaps! Some jolly good sounding fare here I’ve not made proper acquaintance with yet.

  • Stockhausen

    Mmm, excellent lists. My list ov favorite lists ov this post ov hell:
    1. Tyree
    2. Lizardillion
    3. Randall (sorry man, power metal and such)

  • Waynecro

    That’s some mighty fine listin’, fellas.

  • Phoenix of the House Tendies

    These are some good lists. I really need to listen to that Adversarial.